Meck. Co. wants to ask voters about sales tax increase

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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners is taking part in an economic planning retreat. Thursday afternoon commissioners could take on the controversial sales tax increase proposal.

Mecklenburg County wants to ask voters to approve a quarter-penny sales tax increase that would partially fund teacher raises.                  

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter wants to make it clear that's a separate vote from a city referendum, asking voters to approve a $145 million in bond money for transportation projects.

Even though the city bonds won't mean a tax hike, critics wonder if both are set up to fail if voters feel weighted down with expenses, and just vote no.

Eyewitness News reporter Jenna Deery is inside the economic retreat getting the latest details on that sales tax increase proposal. She will have the latest on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.